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Women's World Chess Championship, Final, Game 2

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Women's World Chess Championship, Final, Game 1

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Missed Chess Tactics

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In a rapid chess game White missed a forced winning line here. Is your tactics good enough to find it?

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Women's World Chess Championship, Semi-final, Summary

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The match between Antoaneta Stefanova and Harika Dronavalli was decided in classical chess. In the first game both players castled kingside, but White (Stefanova) found a way to launch a powerful attack on her opponent. Her own monarch also had to flee to the queenside. In the end, the Bulgarian grandmaster found an efficient tactical combination and made Harika resign to avoid getting checkmated. In the second game Antoaneta obtained three pawns for a piece with a commanding position. Harika succumbed to a draw, thus getting eliminated.

 

Harika was accompanied by her grandmother, while ther seconds were helping her via Skype

The duel between Ju Wenjun and Anna Ushenina was somewhat more hard-fought. In te first game Anna was putting pressure on her opponent, but at some point decided not to win an exchange for some reason and offered a draw. In the second game it was Ju Wenjun who offered a draw on move 18.

Ushenina won the first rapid game, but Ju Wenjun had good chances to defeat her in the second encounter. Alas for China, it didn't happen.
 

Ju Wenjun kept winning all her matches on tie-breaks, but not this time


So, Stefanova vs. Ushenina in the final. Antoaneta is known as a fantastic player when she is in a good form. Obviously, that is the situation we have now. At some point Anna was rated 2500+, but then her progress has seemingly come to an end, and she has been struggling to become part of the women's chess elite for the last few years. However, something has happened to her playing strength recently: she hasn't lost a game in the Ukrainian Championship, Chess Olympiad and World Championship (33 total). Her personal score against Stefanova is +1 =2 -0. The outcome of the match is unpredictable.
 

Antoaneta Stefanova won the WWCC in 2004, when for the first time since 1988 there were no Chinese players in the final. 8 years later history is being repeated - no Chinese players in the final, Stefanova is playing. Antoaneta's second at this event is GM Vladimir Georgiev, who is also working with Natalia Pogonina

As you can see from her dismaying face expression, Anna Ushenina is planning to capitalize on the chance of her lifetime and become the Women's World Chess Champion. She is being helped by the Ukrainian Champion Anton Korobov

The final will start off with 4 classical time control games on November 27th. The broadcast starts at 1 p.m. Moscow time, as usual.

Images from the official website, except for #2 - (C) Chess-News.ru

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Sunday Puzzle-26

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Shown is a plan view of three boxes G, H, and I. Can you place the exclamation mark label on the box where Jack lives?

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World Women's Chess Championship, Semi-final, Tie-break

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Women's World Chess Championship, Semi-final, Game 2

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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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by Candidate Master Peter Zhdanov

In this special weekly column we will be looking at the most unexpected upsets that happened last week. Players usually face opponents of a comparable level. Considerably less frequent are situations when a significantly lower-rated player succeeds in beating a much stronger adversary.

This week was rather modest in terms of upsets. No records have been broken.

Top-10 upsets:

Hoare (1871) - Khademalsharieh (2303), 1-0, 432 points
Schmidt (1390) - Szalay (1804), 1-0, 414 points
Mihajlova (1445) - Szalay (1804), 1-0, 359 points
Zharokov (1934) - Frick (2264), 1-0, 330 points
Poteat (1766) - Shamatava (2072), 1-0, 306 points
Gruzmann (2323) - Benson (2021), 0-1, 302 points
El Gheiadi (2208) - Neumann (1912), 0-1, 296 points
Li Chao (2693) - Saravanan (2399), 0-1, 294 points
Salhi (2044) - Hoiumel (1753), 0-1, 291 points
Asgarizadeh (2106) - Arabidze (2391), 1-0, 285 points

Average gap: 331 points; White won 6 games, Black won 4 games

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Chess Week on Twitter

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Pogonina.com offers you a selection of some of the most informative chess tweets from last week. All the fresh chess news in one short post:

The Grand Prix is taking place in Tashkent, not Kazan, but whatever

Ushenina & Stefanova vs. Ju Wenjun and Dronavalli - Europe vs. Asia

I did a quick count and found 69 magazines

NMs/CMs have a median Tactics Trainer rating of 2500. Also...

World Senior Chess Championship - unfortunately, in the shadows

Russian Chess Federation: Jens Christiansen is cruising towards gold at the World Senior Chess Championship

A chance to win a free trip to Zurich

Chess-News.ru: 4 days until the beginning of the trivia with a trip to Switzerland as the main prize. Share this news with your friends and acquaintances.

Congratulations!

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: I became honorary Doctor of Plekhanov Russian Economic University. Nice & obliging

People quitting chess to play cards? Poker? No, Magic the Gathering!

George Soros has a refined taste - first Carlsen, now Polgar...

The tough life of a female chess pro/coach


Have we missed some of the best tweets? You can contribute to our next top-10 stories chart by retweeting the post you like and adding @Pogonina to the message so that we can see it.

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Women's World Chess Championship. Semi-final, Game 1

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